(L) ROY MOORE, (R) SENATOR DOUG JONES
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has determined that “possible deception” in the 2017 U.S. Senate special election falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission.
In a Jan. 4 letter to the FEC, Marshall encouraged the FEC to launch an investigation into outside influences designed to discredit the campaign of Republican Roy Moore, who narrowly lost the election to Democrat Doug Jones.
The New York Times last month uncovered a scheme by “Democratic tech experts”, which worked to spread disinformation about Moore on Facebook and Twitter. The campaign was modeled after Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to The Times.
Meanwhile, Moore issued a statement Monday on the misinformation campaign, saying he was “unfairly attacked” and the effort violated not only my rights, but also the right of every Alabama voter to participate in a fair election.”
Marshall told The Washington Post last month that he would review the case, saying that the “information was concerning.”
That review yielded a decision to send it to the FEC.
“The Attorney General’s office has evaluated reports of possible deception in the Alabama U.S. Senate race and has determined the matter to be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Election Commission,” Marshall’s office said in a statement Monday. “Accordingly, the attorney general has requested that FEC officials investigate the matter to determine if any federal laws were violated.”
In his letter, Marshall told the FEC that his review of the case had determined that it alone had jurisdiction.
“Alabamians have a right to know if illegal activity occurred during the 2017 race for the U.S. Senate,” Marshall said in the letter. “The reports of what may have transpired are deeply troubling and appear to warrant a full investigation by the commission.”
Moore’s full statement:
“As a conservative Christian, I was unfairly attacked by a high-tech cyber disinformation campaign in the 2017 race for U. S. Senate that violated not only my rights, but also the right of every Alabama voter to participate in a fair election.
“Apologies, retractions, or even feigned calls for an investigation by my former opponent can do little to right the wrong. Nevertheless, with the 2020 elections drawing near, our entire country should be alerted to the dangers of fraud and deception in our political process.”
Click here to read Marshall’s letter to the FEC.
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